Have you ever looked at some of the most successful women in the world and just wondering how do they do it? Meskipun setiap orang memiliki kriteria sukses yang berbeda-beda, jika bicara tentang kesuksesan seseorang, satu hal yang nggak mungkin terlupakan adalah proses yang mereka lewati. Mereka nggak langsung mencapai mimpi dalam satu hari. Sangat diperlukan usaha dan komitmen yang tinggi untuk mencapai suatu tujuan. Kali ini, kita mau share pengalaman serta prinsip kehidupan dari lima wanita sukses yang diharapkan bisa menginspirasi kita semua. They’ve found the best things that help them achieve a productive and positive self.
J.K. Rowling – “Be deeply passionate about what you do and be imaginative.”
Who doesn’t know Harry Potter and the gang? Dibalik kesuksesan buku dan filmnya, ada sosok J.K. Rowling, sang penulis yang sudah melewati banyak pengalaman hidup yang cukup pahit. Mulai dari kegagalan dalam pernikahan, kemiskinan, ditolak oleh penerbit berkali-kali, hingga depresi dan hampir bunuh diri. Namun, dia mampu untuk mengambil hikmah dari setiap pengalaman tersebut dan mampu menginspirasi dirinya sendiri ketimbang menyerah pada nasib buruknya. And she remained focus about her passion, which is writing. Ia pernah bilang bahwa jika ia nggak melewati berbagai musibah tersebut dan nggak fokus sama passion-nya, we wouldn’t met Harry and the others, karena dari musibah itulah imajinasinya semakin bertambah sampai akhirnya jadilah kisah Harry Potter.
Merry Riana – “Be grateful.”
Motivator wanita nomor satu di Indonesia ini punya kebiasaan yang ia praktikan setiap pagi. Hal pertama yang ia lakukan sebelum turun dari tempat tidur setiap paginya adalah memejamkan mata dan bersyukur. Di setiap seminar yang ia lakukan, ia selalu mengingatkan para hadirin yang datang juga untuk be grateful. Karena hanya melalui hati yang penuh syukur lah kita akan mendapatkan kesegaran dan kesehatan mental untuk menghadapi kehidupan serta rasa percaya bahwa kita akan menjadi orang sukses. Selain itu, ada tips khusus darinya untuk memulai hari, yaitu menyetel musik yang membuat kita bersemangat. Menurutnya, jika kita penuh energi, kita akan lebih percaya diri dan siap untuk bring out the best in us all day!
Michelle Obama – “Keep your mind open and be hungry of knowledge.”
Sepanjang hidupnya, mantan America’s First Lady ini banyak berjumpa dengan orang-orang hebat dari berbagai latar belakang. Menurutnya, selalu ada pelajaran yang bisa kita ambil dari mereka. Bukan hanya dari orang-orang terkenal saja, tapi juga dari orang-orang biasa yang bahkan nggak pernah kita bayangkan sebelumnya. Yang bisa dipetik nggak hanya knowledge yang mereka ketahui, namun juga berbagai kesalahan mereka yang dapat kita petik hikmahnya sehingga kita nggak melakukan kesalahan yang sama. Michelle juga selalu mengingatkan untuk rajin membaca. Explore ourselves and don’t be afraid to seek out older, wiser people for advice.
Susi Pudjiastuti – “Don’t be afraid to stand on your own.”
“Tenggelamkan!” adalah jargon terkenal menteri kebanggaan kita satu ini. Slogan tersebut merupakan bentuk keberaniannya menghadapi kapal pencuri ikan. Dia nggak segan-segan membakar hingga menenggelamkan kapal tersebut. Aksi tersebut sempat banyak ditentang oleh banyak orang, terutama di jajaran politik. Namun ia nggak peduli dengan tanggapan orang lain dan tetap pada pendiriannya. Terbukti hal tersebut bukan hanya sebatas aksi, namun memiliki dampak yang sangat besar. Sumber daya alam, terutama di laut Indonesia bisa terselamatkan dan tentu menggertak pelaku illegal fishing lainnya sehingga nggak berani lagi ‘mencuri’ ikan di Indonesia. Isn’t that great?
Opray Winfrey – “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.”
Walaupun melewati masa kecil yang cukup kelam, ia mampu untuk move on, nggak menyimpan dendam,, dan nggak nggak membiarkan masa lalunya menentukan masa depannya. Dia selalu berusaha untuk menjadi dan memberikan yang terbaik. That’s how she earns her success! Hal lain yang bisa kita pelajari dari Oprah adalah sikap hatinya yang dermawan. Oprah merasa bahagia saat dia bisa berbuat baik dan menolong orang. Sifat Oprah ini banyak sekali menginspirasi banyak orang bahwa bahagia itu nggak selalu tentang financial, tapi saat kita bisa membuat orang lain bahagia.
After you read this, do you know what they do have in common? Grit. Yes, hanya butuh kemauan dan tekad untuk menjadi seorang yang sukses, karena jika sudah ada kemauan dan tekad, pasti ada jalan. Seperti halnya kelima wanita ini yang memiliki tekad yang kuat untuk mencapai tujuan hidupnya dan terus bekerja keras untuk mewujudkan impian-impian baru. Semoga kisah hidup mereka menginspirasi kamu ya!
It’s only a week before Lebaran and now we’re so excited for mudik! Ya, mudik atau pulang kampung merupakan salah satu tradisi yang rutin dilakukan masyarakat Indonesia untuk berkumpul dan merayakan lebaran bersama keluarga, saudara, dan teman-teman. It’s so exciting!
But anyway, have you prepared completely for it? Karena selain tiket transportasi dan packing, masih banyak, lho, yang harus dipersiapkan untuk mudik. Supaya nggak lupa, kita mau share apa saja yang harus kamu siapkan untuk mudik. It’s actually a pre- and during-mudik hack for you! Here it goes:
What kind of list? Tentu saja list barang yang akan dibawa dan dimasukkan ke koper dan hand carry bag kamu. Tulis semuanya dengan lengkap dan rinci. Ini bisa membantu kamu agar nggak lupa dan menghindari insiden “Aduh, ini ketinggalan…"
Pertama, pilih tas yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan barang bawaan kamu. Jika nggak terlalu banyak, cukup menggunakan tas weekender yang memiliki kapasitas besar. Setelah itu mulailah menata pakaianmu dengan teknik menggulung untuk menghemat ruang di dalam tas. Untuk underwear, tempatkan bra secara menumpuk dan selipkan panties diantara tumpukan tersebut untuk menjaga bentuk bra agar tetap sempurna. For toiletries, sebaiknya dipindahkan ke dalam kontainer kecil berbentuk botol. Untuk produk yang mudah dibeli, seperti kapas dan tissue, sebaiknya cukup dibawa sesuai kebutuhan saat perjalanan berlangsung. Kalau sudah habis, kamu bisa beli di tempat tujuan kamu. Terakhir, untuk makeup, sesuaikan dengan kebutuhan kamu saja ya.
Untuk list barang yang disarankan dibawa untuk hand carry adalah tiket of course, kartu identitas (KTP), uang tunai, obat-obatan seperti minyak kayu putih dan Tolak Angin, tumbler,tissue, hand phone, dan powerbank.
Istirahat yang Cukup
Untuk menghindari mabuk dan kelelahan di perjalanan, make sure untuk tidur yang cukup sekitar 7-8 jam sehari sebelumnya. Jika membawa kendaraan pribadi seperti mobil atau motor, jangan lupa istirahat sebelum melanjutkan perjalanan. And buat kalian yang akan mudik saat puasa masih berlangsung dan menempuh perjalanan yang cukup panjang, ada baiknya menyediakan bekal yang cukup untuk berbuka dan sahur.
Teman kebosanan di perjalanan…
Dengan panjang dan lamanya perjalanan mudik, kamu bisa killing time dengan playlist di akun Spotify THIS IS APRIL yang udah di-curated oleh team kita. Kalaupun nggak mudik playlist-playlist ini bisa kamu dengar di kamar atau di manapun sambil menikmati jalanan kota yang lagi lenggang. You can hear the tunes here.
Selamat mudik untuk kalian semua. Have a nice trip!
Nggak terasa sebentar lagi kita akan memasuki bulan Ramadhan. Saat berpuasa, nggak jarang kita mengalami dehidrasi yang dapat berdampak pada kulit wajah terlihat kering dan ku sam. Simak 4 hal yang wajib kamu ingat untuk persiapan menjaga kulitmu selama bulan Ramadhan ini:
Banyak Minum Air Putih
Saat berpuasa, asupan air yang didapatkan tubuh tentu nggak sebanyak biasanya. Berkurangnya konsumsi air yang berfungsi untuk menghidrasi kulit tersebut akan menyebabkan kulit kering. So first thing first, minum air putih minimal 2,5 liter setiap harinya selama puasa. Atau kamu bisa coba pakai rumus 4-4-4. Jadi, minumlah empat gelas ketika berbuka, empat gelas setelah shalat tarawih, dan empat gelas lagi ketika sahur. Nggak hanya untuk kulit, minum air putih juga dipercaya mampu membuat tubuh mengalami detoksifikasi yang memberikan pengaruh baik pada sistem dan berbagai organ dalam. So drink water for your better health and glowing face!
Moisturizer is A Must
Jangan lupa pakai moisturizer atau pelembab setelah cuci muka untuk menjaga kulit agar tetap lembab dan terhidrasi. Saat kulit wajah punya kelembaban yang cukup, kulit akan lebih sehat dan hasil make up pasti akan terlihat lebih bagus. So make sure you don’t skip this part. Kamu bisa menggunakan moisturizer yang mengandung hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, petrolatum, glycerin, atau ceramide. yang berfungsi untuk menyerap air lebih cepat sehingga kulit wajah lebih lembab. Nggak perlu cari produk yang terdapat semua kandungan itu, satu aja sudah cukup, kok.
Sunscreen Juga Penting
Pas nggak puasa aja sunscreen sudah sangat penting, apalagi pas puasa ya. Ingatlah untuk selalu menggunakan sunscreen setiap akan keluar rumah karena sinar matahari mengurangi kelembaban kulit dan membuatnya cepat kering. Lalu, walaupun sudah memakainya, alangkah lebih baik untuk menghindari paparan sinar matahari secara langsung karena nggak baik untuk kulitmu. Yes, beauty needs so much effort, but yes, it will be worth it.
Nggak cuma kulit wajah, area bibir juga biasanya akan kering pada saat puasa. Banyak orang yang merasa wajar dengan bibir kering, padahal itu salah satu tanda dehidrasi dan tentu bisa menganggu penampilan, terutama bagi mereka yang suka menggunakan lipstick bersifat matte. Jadi, usahakan untuk selalu menggunakan lipbalm sebelum mengaplikasikan lipstick ya. Untuk hasil yang lebih maksimal, kamu bisa coba gunakan masker bibir pada malam harinya.
Itulah 4 hal penting yang wajib kamu ingat dan lakukan saat bulan puasa nanti. Selain persiapan mengenai skin care, jangan lupa juga untuk persiapkan hati agar dapat menjalani ibadah dengan lancar. Selamat menyambut bulan suci Ramadhan, ya! Written by: Grace Julia
Dua hari yang lalu kita sudah melaksanakan pesta demokrasi terbesar di Negara kita. Siapapun yang terpilih, mereka adalah pemimpin yang terbaik untuk Indonesia. Namun setelah semua ini berlalu, ada sebuah pertanyaan terlintas di benak saya: “What’s next?”
Sedikit throwback ke lima tahun yang lalu, mantan Presiden kita (periode 2014 – 2019), Ir. H. Joko Widodo menggagaskan jargon “Revolusi Mental” yang juga pernah dicetuskan oleh Presiden Ir. Soekarno yang befokus pada perubahan (changes) terhadap cara kita berpikir, melihat, dan bekerja terhadap sesuatu.
Buat saya, dengan adanya campaign revolusi mental ini mendorong saya untuk merubah mindset dan kebiasaan saya yang kurang baik. Zaman dan teknologi terus berubah, baik secara positif atau negatif. There’s a quote that says, “Progress is impossible without CHANGE,”. Artinya kalau mau maju dan berkembang, ya, harus mau berubah. Oleh karena itu, kita harus mau berubah, namun ke arah yang positif to stay relevant with the world positively.
So without any further do, this is my “how-to” guide of mental revolution yang hopefully bisa menginspirasi:
The way I think (react) of something…
Zaman sekarang dengan adanya teknologi dan internet memudahkan kita untuk menerima informasi apapun secara langsung. Kadang informasi yang masuk belum ke-filter kebenarannya, terutama di media sosial. Seringkali kita langsung membentuk opini sendiri dan lalu men-share informasi tersebut.
Kita harus mengubah pola pikir atau mindset kita, karena mindset will produce reaction, and reaction will produce action which in this case is sharing the misleading news. Mindset yang kritis akan membuat kita nggak langsung terima sesuatu sebelum cek kebenarannya dan nggak jadi korban berita palsu. Simple-nya, jangan gampang share segala sesuatu di media sosial. Ingatlah untuk selalu cek dulu faktanya apapun itu. Jadilah pengguna media sosial yang bijak.
The way I see something…
Berkaitan lagi dengan media sosial, specifically Instagram. Nowadays Instagram menjadi sumber informasi kita dalam banyak hal, which is good. Tapi terkadang lewat Instagram juga bisa membawa pengaruh yang negatif. Contoh yang paling sering ditemukan adalah mulai meng-compare hidup kita dengan orang lain. Timbul banyak pikiran kenapa nggak secantik orang lain, kenapa nggak punya banyak uang buat ikutin tren, kenapa nggak nge-hits, dan lain-lain. Padahal kita tahu yang kita lihat mungkin nggak sepenuhnya seperti itu, yet we still compare our lives with them.
Kita menjadi sering nggak puas dengan kehidupan dan diri kita dan akhirnya berujung nggakhappy atau parahnya lagi jadi nggak sayang sama diri sendiri. Comparison kills self-love. But actually, hal ini bisa diubah dengan satu cara, yaitu bersyukur. Mulailah dengan hal kecil seperti bisa bangun pagi, bisa pergi sekolah atau kuliah, punya pekerjaan, dan hal kecil lainnya. Memang bersyukur itu nggak mudah, tapi bukan berarti nggak bisa. Be grateful! Always.
The way I work on something…
This point is so relatable with ‘kids jaman now’. Kita sering banget stay di comfort zone yang membuat kita nggak berkembang karena malas atau takut untuk melakukan hal baru yang sebenarnya worth to try. Padahal dengan mencoba hal baru bisa jadi pengalaman yang berguna banget di kemudian hari, lho! Jangan takut untuk mencoba dan jangan takut untuk gagal. Kalau gagal, ya, coba terus. Kalau ditertawakan, nggak usah digubris. Don’t ever let anyone define you.Just keep moving forward! It will be worth it ❤
Mengubah kebiasaan buruk bisa menghasilkan pengaruh yang besar dalam hidup kita dan bahkan bisa menular positively ke orang lain di sekitar kita. Let’s change to be a better you, and of course for a better Indonesia!
(Image sources by Pinterest, edited by This Is April's Team)
Instagram is our world nowadays, it become our greatest source of information and influences. People are eager to be Instagram savvy and good OOTD hold an important role.
However a good picture of OOTD can be a little tricky. I found my friends and I took a long time to get those so-called perfect pictures, but at the end the results were still bad.
Based on my observation, I eventually found out the main reason why the picture failed is because of our own wrong thoughts that we are not good enough, not pretty enough, not photogenic enough.
I will share some tips that have helped my friends and myself to produce awesome OOTD pictures.
First thing first, have a positive mindset about yourself and be confident. One thing you should know is that "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL" And thank God we now live in an open-minded era where everyone is beautiful and unique. No more ultimate-perfection look, whether you are skinny or chubby, bright or dark skinned, freckles or acnes, short or tall, etc. So don’t worry too much and be confident.
Get To Know Yourself Physically
Secondly, you have to know yourself physically. Take lots of pictures at home to know which angle is best for you. Whether it’s your left side or right side. You also can try a pose by lifting your chin up, then tilt your head a little, calm, composed, hands in pockets or hold something, sit or stand, look up or down, look left or right, with no smile or smile like someone is calling you. Learn and take notes of the results.
Learn From Your Favorite Influencers
I assume you all have your own favorite influencers. Observe how they took their pictures and how they posed. They already know the "How to" because they’ve been practiced lots of time. However not everyone can rock every poses, so if you tried and you still looked awkward, probably the pose is not for you and try another pose.
Practice, practice, and practice!
In the end, it’s all about practice. Trial and error needed. You have to take those awkward, dreadful, unflattering photos to know what works best for you.
Another tips, when you ask someone to take your OOTD picture, don’t forget to tell them to take lots of pictures, because "less is more" doesn’t quite work in this situation. The more pictures you take the more chances you may have to get your perfect picture.
Fashion and cosmetics are inseparable in a woman’s life. That is why we are expanding our business to cosmetics starting from lip products which we call THIS IS APRIL SATIN LIP STOCKING.
On April 6th, right on our birthday month, we are launching 7 shades of Satin Lip Stocking which was inspired by the qualities of a millennial women.
#BeautyIsNotJustAboutLook is the tagline of This Is April Satin Lip Stocking. We are trying to remind all women that beauty is not only what it shows on the outside but more to what we have inside. We are trying to amplify that Being Independent, Compassionate, Confident, creative, Fierce Bring Good Vibe and Being Fearless are also beautiful.
We are having 7 successful millennial women to represent each shade and name each shade by their beautiful qualities.
MATTE FORMULA – NUDE EVERYDAY COLOUR – LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
Since i was a kid i always want to do something differently. Being a follower is never an option. Revolution will never happen if everyone thinks and act exactly the same – Shahnaz Soehartono
I always and always try to be my true self. I don’t need a mask to cover up because being independent also means you are free to live without nothing to hide – Shahnaz Soehartono
For me, one of many importance of being independent is for sure about being secure with who you are and what you believe in. It is extremely empowering knowing that you are in control of your own life and your own choices, yet remaining respectful to others who are different from you - Shahnaz Soehartono
An independent woman for me is a woman who’s not afraid to stand for what she believed in and can rely on herself, both physically and mentally without seeking for approval from others. And that is indeed beautiful – Shanhnaz Soehartono
So yes, #beautyisnotjustaboutlook Independent is beautiful
I AM SHAHNAZ SOEHARTONO and #IAMINDEPENDENT
GWEN WINARNO, A Natural, Healthy Food Practitioner and Pure Foods Company owner also our very own Compassionate Women representing Shade 02 COMPASSIONATE #IAMCOMPASSIONATE
MATTE FORMULA – NUDE EVERYDAY COLOUR JUST A TAD DARKER THAN INDEPENDENT – LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
When i was younger, I was very into fashion. Nowadays, i am still into fashion. But, beside fashion world, i also am interested in healthy living and women empowerment. For me, compassionate is an action. It starts with a feeling and then hopefully followed by an action of doing something kind based on the feeling – Gwen Winarno
I see a lot of women with self-hate and not being kind to themselves and I’m speaking of my younger self too. But then as i get older, i become more aware of this and able to practice self-love – Gwen Winarno
Every little things that happen in your daily life is a chance to practice self-love and compassion. Compassion towards yourself and towards other being. Being compassionate is important. It reminds us that we are all essentially the same. Life is pretty much a cycle, what goes around comes back around. So for me it is always good to be able to help others – Gwen Winarno
My goal in life is to share knowledge. When you are blessed with knowledge, sharing them is the most beautiful thing, which for me is also an act of compassion. And a women who is compassionate is indeed beautiful – Gwen Winarno
So yes, #beauty is not just about look. Compassionate is beautiful – Gwen Winarno
I am Gwen Winarno and #IAMCOMPASSIONATE
LALA KARMELA, Young Talented Musician, Artist & Confident Women representing Shade 03 CONFIDENT #IAMCONFIDENT
MATTE FORMULA – MEDIUM DARK PINK FOR YOUR EVERYDAY COLOUR– LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
I am a musician, an actress and i also have a law degree. If i am not confident i won’t be where i am today. I feel most confident when i’m on stage, owning my music. I also feel it takes a lot of guts and confident to do my law degree at my age when everyone else were a decade younger – Lala Karmela
Being confident is essential. It is a surviving kit. A tool to receive respect from one’s surrounding when used well – Lala Karmela
A confident woman is a woman who is owning every action with class and grace. Who takes care of oneself and comfortable in their own skin and that is indeed beautiful – Lala Karmela
So #beautyisnotjustaboutlook . Being confident is beautiful – Lala Karmela
MATTE FORMULA – MAUVE PINK FOR YOUR EVERYDAY COLOUR– LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
I’ve always been making craft since i was a kid. I always make something myself for a gift when my friends were having their birthdays. I feel that if its handmade by me, there’s an extra touch to it – Martha Puri
I used to work as a graphic designer for a tv station but working for a corporate for me wasn’t creative enough. I couldn’t be able to explore my creativity more – Martha Puri
I started @idekuhandmade purely out of hobby with 500.000 rupiahs and it goes really well from there. My business also empower woman around my area, so they can have added income and still have a whole lot of time for their family – Martha Puri
A creative woman is a woman with endless energy and always try to make everything better and more interesting. And that is beautiful – Martha Puri
So yes, #beautyisnotjustaboutlook , Creative is beautiful – Martha Puri
I am Martha Puri and #IAMCREATIVE
NICOLINE PATRICIA MALINA, The world class professional fashion photographer representing Shade 05 FIERCE #IAMFIERCE
MATTE FORMULA – DEEP RED FOR YOUR FIERCE LOOK– LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
I started as fashion designer, makeup artist also model. I also tried being a painter. But somehow i felt it wasn’t fierce enough for me – Nicoline Patricia Malina
I learned photography as an autodidact. I didn’t have lights and other professional equipment and i shot pictures with whatever i had. But that didn’t make me feel small, It somehow made the photographs very personal. I think that’s fierce – Nicoline Patricia Malina
One of the most fierce moment of being a photographer is when i took pictures of tigers. I was inside the tiger cage and although there were guards, the tigers were not really tamed. The best shot was actually the last picture when the tiger jumped at me and i fell down. It was unforgettable – Nicoline Patricia Malina
A woman who are fierce is a woman who is passionate, who will try their best in what they do, with whatever they have at hand. And most of all they love what they are doing – Nicoline Patricia Malina
So yes #beautyisnotjustaboutlook . Fierce is beautiful – Nicoline Patricia Malina
I am Nicoline Patricia Malina and #IAMFIERCE
KAREN CARLOTTA, Pastry Chef & Owner Union Brasserie representing Shade 05 GOOD VIBE #IBRINGGOODVIBE
METALLIC MATTE FORMULA – NUDE BROWN COLOURED WITH A TOUCH OF GOLD GLITTER TO ADD A SPARK OF GOOD VIBE – LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
Before i worked as a pastry chef, i worked in a bank. But it did not bring the joy in me. I got sick because i didn’t love what i do. You know that if you do something that doesn’t bring you joy, you will not be happy. So, i realised that i have to follow my passion – Karen Carlotta
It was not an easy road. But those experiences made me sure that pastry & bakery really makes me happy. And it is not only me who is happy. My family is happy, people that enjoys my cake also happy. Everybody is happy. I mean, who doesn’t love cakes and sweets? – Karen Carlotta
So, I am happy being a pastry chef and i bring good vibe to others around me and also to those who enjoy my work. What can be better than that? – Karen Carlotta
And a women who is happy and bring good vibe is indeed beautiful – Karen Carlotta
So yes #beautyisnotjustaboutlook . To bring Good vibe is beautiful - – Karen Carlotta
METALLIC MATTE FORMULA – BRIGHT RED COLOUR WITH SHEEN OF GOLD FOR FEARLESS LOOK – LONG LASTING & VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR ON THE LIPS
I was a hard news journalis. I mostly dealt with politics and natural disaster. It took a lot of bravery and guts to do my work. And honestly i enjoyed the adventure, the knowledge, the experiences, the adrenaline. And then i started diving and got involved in travel programmes. That is the moment when i feel like i found my true passion, which is diving and travelling – Marischka Pruedence
I quit my daily job as a news reporter and journalist and pursue my dreams to travel more. It is a huge decision to make, but i don’t regret it – Marischka Pruedence
I do not believe that there is a certain path that everyone should walk on. Because everyone is unique. And to pursue your dream and to follow your passion is simply fearless – Marischka Pruedence
A woman who is fearless is a women who is not afraid to show who she really is, what she really wants and not afraid to go after it. And that is indeed a beautiful women – Marischka Pruedence
So yes #beautyisnotjustaboutlook . Fearless is beautiful – Marischka Pruedence
I am Marischka Pruedence and #IAMFEARLESS
This Is April Satin Lip Stocking is priced IDR 119.000 and can be found in all of our 45 stores (except our Factory Outlet Store at Ciputra Mall Jakarta). This can also be purchased through our website, instagram, line, wa, bbm and also our official store at Shopee Mall called This is April Indonesia Official Store.
We are also collaborating with some reputable online beauty shop. You can also get our SATIN LIP STOCKING at : Bilik Ayu, Love By April, TWL Cosmetics, Makeupuccino, Frontcover dan Houseofmakeup.
Written by : Jasmine Jawie Pictures by NickNock_28, Sry Wahyuni and Kiki Amalia
October 2017, This Is April launched a new collaboration with Chelsea Islan called This Is April X Chelsea Islan Charity Collaboration. Some percentages of the profits were donated to produce and delivering shoes for children in Papua.
February 8th - 13th 2018, This Is April team (Jasmine & Ayu) and Chelsea Islan went to Papua to deliver the shoes directly to a few student centres. Two thousands shoes were produced and delivered to 20 student centres at Wamena and Sentani.
We managed to visit 3 places to deliver 300 pairs of shoes. Those three places were Tunas Harapan Student Centre at Potikelek, Gunung Susu Student Centre and Yosua Student Centre at Sinakma. All located at Wamena.
Let’s start from day one. We went at 22.45 WIB from Terminal 3 Soekarno Hatta by Garuda Airlines. It was almost a six hour flight. We took a direct flight to Sentani and arrived at 06.10 WIT. Sentani is two hours ahead Jakarta, so it was still 4 am Jakarta time when we step our foot at Papua.
We had breakfast while we were waiting for our next flight with Trigana Air to Wamena. The earliest flight from Sentani to Wamena by is at 7.45 and 8 am. But we took the 10.20 flight by Trigana in case our flight from Jakarta got delayed. It took around 40 minutes to get from Sentani to Wamena by jet. If you use ATR plane it would take 15 minutes longer.
We arrived at Wamena at 11 am and the temperature was nice. It was a bright day but the temperature is certainly cooler than Sentani, which was around 24 degree celsius. We got to our hotel which was not far from the airport. We put our luggage and had the chance to rest for 30 minutes and again get ready to visit the first school to deliver the shoes.
The first school that we visit is called Tunas Harapan Student Centre at Potikelek Wamena. We were greeted with traditional dances. The children were outside, lining up and dancing when we arrived and gave us flower necklaces that they made themselves. It was a mix of paper flower and Plastik Flower which is a real flower that looks like plastic and is commonly found in Wamena.
It was such a touching moment, some of the kids came only with sandals or not wearing any sole at all. Chelsea Islan and us were helping them to tied up there shoes and had a little chat.
Some 12-14 years old girls came up to us and gave us a Noken. Noken is what we put on our head. It is a multifunctional knotted or woven bag native to the Papua. It is usually hung from the head to bring various goods from carrots, potato, woods even children!. Can you imagine how strong their heads are? Amazing. These girls handmade the noken and gave it to us. It was very personal, it was truly sweet.
We were there until it gets quite dark and some of the children were running with our cars as we left. They were so happy. The spark on their eyes were priceless. That was the first spot and the first day. We have delivered 100 pairs of shoes out of 2000 pairs that we have spread along Wamena and Sentani.
Our hotel had no air conditioner in it. We did not need it though, since the night was always raining and it was around 15 degree Celsius every night. It was one of the best night ever since we did not get enough sleep on the plane the night before and the beyond happy feelings we got after visiting Potikelek.
We went to two different schools on the next day. It was Gunung Susu Children Centre dan Yosua Children Centre at Sinakma. A hundred pairs of shoes were given to each of the children centre. It was as touching as the first one. Some of the children came without shoes or sandals and they wanted to go home bringing the shoes on their hands. They were not wearing it home. When Chelsea Islan asked them why, they said because they don’t want the shoes to get dirty because they love the shoes so much. That statement hit us. For most of us, shoes we care about are those branded and hyped shoes, while for them, they just love the shoes because they do not have any. After we talked to the children that the shoes were given to be worn to protect their shoes, they were willing to wear it. Another deep thoughts came to us.
Chelsea couldn’t stop her tears from flowing. We surely were very touched. Urban city life sometimes move too fast that makes us restless and overlooked little stuff in life which we should be grateful for, little stuff that really matters. That moment, we realized that we have been blessed and it was such a blessing to be able to share the happiness with the children in Papua.
There are in total 2000 pairs of shoes that were produced from This Is April X Chelsea Islan, but we visit three places only and delivered 300 ourselves. The other 1700 pairs were delivered by Compassion which was collaborated with Langkah Kasih.
It was raining after we left Yosua Children Centre at Sinakma Wamena. So, we decided to stop by to have some warm coffee. Schop Coffee Shop which was located at Irian Street was said one of the best. It was a small coffee shop, they serve Wamena Coffee. It was one of the best moment as well. Good coffee, good people and we were at Papua. If you plan to visit Wamena, you might want to try another coffee shop too called Mukoko which is located just on the front of Wamena airport. They also sell Wamena Coffee Bean. There is also another place worth to visit called Hotel / Kafe Jerman, but we did not get the chance to visit because it took around 1.5 hours from central Wamena to get to the place. The view is great they say, but than we did not fully regret that we did not go because we went to a place which we can say Paradise.
The next day, we started early at 6.30 am and heading to Habema Lake, the highest lake in Indonesia located at 3225 meter above sea level. It was more than two hours drive, but it certainly was not boring at all. The view was literally breathtaking. We first stopped at an army basecamp at Napua District. We had to report our journey for safety reason. After that we drove to Habema Lake. We couldn’t help but to stop the car and enjoy the scenery. The clouds were like a blanket beneath our feet. It felt like the world above the clouds. Nothing really beats the beauty of nature.
Along the way, we see greens and trees and rainbow too. First time we thought Papua would be dry, but we were wrong. Papua is very fertile and has a lot of green scenery. We stopped at a landscape on 3300 m asl where we could see the whole Habema Lake below us. Habema Lake is 224.35 ha wide and 9.79 km in circumference. From here, we can see the peak of Trikora Mountain, which is the third highest peak in Jayapura Mountains after Puncak Jaya and Mandala.
We took a few pictures and shot some videos before leaving to another breathtaking spot. Oh yea, there is no toilet here. So, you have to go to behind bushes and rocks if you need to go to the toilet.
We drove another hour to Batas Batu or Papan Batu. The place is even higher up. If you can reach Habema with any car, to Batas Batu you need a 4 wheel drive cars. The place is very remote, we met some native Papua walking around wearing koteka and bringing a huge knife. It is common for them to bring knife around when leaving the house. Perhaps, like us always bringing our phone when leaving the house.
After an hour of super bumpy road and amazing view we arrived at 3400 meter above sea level, Batas Batu. It was 7 degree Celsius freezing, the wind was chilly which makes it feel even colder, yet the sun was shining fiercely. Most of us got sunburn, but you know tans and burns fade but memories last. So, it was beyond worth it.
We went up to the mountains of grey and white rocks. It was not hard but tricky since the rocks were so sharp. Once we got to the top, the view was oh so out of this world. The white and grey rocks looked like covered in snow from pictures taken. It actually does snow sometimes when it gets really cold.
We didn’t want to leave but we had to. We went back to our hotel and packed our things to fly back to Sentani the next morning. Our flight was supposed to be at 8 am by jet but there was a delay so we had to switch to a turboprop plane. The plane was a small non jet plane and the boarding pass was manually written. Some of us got a little nervous, but thank God the weather was great.
The ride was unexpectedly smooth and we arrived safely at Sentani after an hour flight. We had to wait for our luggage to arrive, which was sent with another plane. After our luggage arrived, we checked in at our hotel in Sentani. We went to this one place called Love Lake. It is called by the name love because it is a lake with a heart / love shape surrounded by green hills. It feels like you are in Teletubbies Hills. Its green grass and blue sky as far as your eyes can see. You need to experience it yourself to understand the magical feelings we felt inside. Even great pictures don’t absorb the beautiful vibe. We felt like little puppies who run around happily on green fields. For you who loves green landscapes, this is a must visit. You can just lay down and enjoy the grass scents. It is that beautiful.
We stayed there until dark and drove to Jayapura for dinner. We had dinner at a seafood restaurant by the Yos Sudarso Bay. It felt like you were in mini Hong Kong since there were buildings and pretty city lights surrounding the sea. It was very different from Wamena which we experienced the day before.
We flew back to Jakarta with an early flight the next day. We bought Roti Abon and Wamena Coffee bean for souvenirs. For those of you who loves to travel, Papua should be in your bucket list.
We went to Papua to fulfill the mission to deliver 2000 pairs of shoes for children in Papua from This Is April X Chelsea Islan, but we came home with more blessing from the humbling and amazing experiences we had.
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Written by Jasmine Jawie Picts by Sri Wahyuni, Bruno Oktavian DS, Adi Chandra and Jasmine Jawie